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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Tweens

The Iron Trial
The Iron Trial By Black, Holly Book - 2014 J BLACK Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 25 copies

Annotation:The first year of Callum's training as a magic worker at the Magisterium leads to danger and surprises.

Revolution By Wiles, Deborah Book - 2014 Y WILES Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 10 copies

Annotation:Freedom summer,1964, in Greenwood, Mississippi changes the lives of two very different young people: Sunny, who is adjusting to a step family and Raymond, fighting for integration.

The Wells Bequest
The Wells Bequest By Shulman, Polly Book - 2013 Y SHULMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:After Leo meets a future version of himself, he knows he will find H.G. Wells' famous time machine and use it to combat a dangerous threat.

The Apothecary
The Apothecary By Meloy, Maile Book - 2011 Y MELOY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 22 copies

Annotation:After moving from Los Angeles to London in 1952, Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, who involve her in an adventure to rescue a special Pharmacopia.

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth By Perkins, Lynne Rae Book - 2010 Y PERKINS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation:Journeying by train to summer camp only to find that the camp program has been cancelled, Ry finds himself stranded without resources in the wilderness and invents a new definition of summer vacation.

The Big Field
The Big Field By Lupica, Mike Book - 2008 J LUPICA Available in some locations

Annotation:When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.

Chomp By Hiaasen, Carl Book - 2012 J HIAASEN Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 78 copies

Annotation:When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from a wildlife refuge, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.

Cosmic By Cottrell Boyce, Frank Book - 2008 J COTTRELL BOYCE Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 80 copies

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Liam, who looks like he's thirty, cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space, not planning for the ship to become stuck.

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of A Tree
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of A Tree By Tarshis, Lauren Book - 2007 J TARSHIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Outsider Emma-Jean decides to use the logic her brilliant mathematician father taught her to fix social problems at school, but when her logical approach doesn't work, Emma-Jean realizes that she will need to try something new.

Every Soul A Star
Every Soul A Star A Novel By Mass, Wendy, 1967- Book - 2008 J MASS Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 38 copies

Annotation:Brought together to watch a rare solar eclipse, Ally, Bree, and Jack may have arrived as strangers but the experience of what they witness makes them connect with each other in ways they could have never imagined.

Evil Genius
Evil Genius By Jinks, Catherine Book - 2007 Y JINKS Available in some locations

Annotation:Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

Half-Moon Investigations
Half-Moon Investigations By Colfer, Eoin Book - 2006 J COLFER Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 23 copies

Annotation:Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed "Half Moon" because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit.

Hero By Lupica, Mike Book - 2010 Y S LUPICA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

Annotation:Fourteen-year-old Billy learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the President's globe-trotting troubleshooter until "the Bads" killed him, and now Billy must decide whether to use his powers in the same way at the risk of his own life.

Leviathan By Westerfeld, Scott Book - 2009 Y S WESTERFELD Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 35 copies

Annotation:In an alternate 1914 Europe, Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from forces who are attempting to take over the globe with mechanical machinery, forms an alliance with Deryn, who is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Liar & Spy
Liar & Spy By Stead, Rebecca Book - 2012 J STEAD Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 54 copies

Annotation:Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

Love, Aubrey
Love, Aubrey By LaFleur, Suzanne M. Book - 2009 J LAFLEUR Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 54 copies

Annotation:While living with her Gram in Vermont, eleven-year-old Aubrey writes letters as a way of dealing with losing her father and sister in a car accident, and then being abandoned by her grief-stricken mother.

A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls A Novel By Ness, Patrick, 1971- Book - 2011 Y NESS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 30 copies

Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club
The Mother-Daughter Book Club By Frederick, Heather Vogel Book - 2007 Y FREDERICK Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 21 copies

Annotation:When three mothers decide to start a book club and force their four daughters to participate, the process is nearly unbearable, but as the fall turns to winter and schedules get more hectic, their book club takes a back seat until a surprise club trip to New York sparks things up.

Museum of Thieves
Museum of Thieves By Tanner, Lian Book - 2010 J TANNER Available in some locations

Annotation:Growing up under the tyrannical rule of the Blessed Guardians, who demand absolute obedience and force all citizens to wear identifying guardchains, Goldie risks everything by running away and teaming up with a young thief at a mysterious museum.

The Mysterious Howling
The Mysterious Howling By Wood, Maryrose Book - 2010 J WOOD Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 76 copies

Annotation:Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children, but luckily Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess.

Pandora Gets Jealous
Pandora Gets Jealous By Hennesy, Carolyn Book - 2008 J HENNESY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Pandy is hauled before Zeus and given six months to gather all of the evils that were released when the box she brought to school as her annual project was accidentally opened.

Reckless By Funke, Cornelia Caroline Book - 2010 J FUNKE Available in some locations

Annotation:When Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.

Science Fair
Science Fair A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense, and A Very Nervous Frog By Barry, Dave Book - 2008 J BARRY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 33 copies

Annotation:The president of Kprshtskan is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby Harbinger, an ordinary student gets involved- the terrorists' plans go awry.

The Search for WondLa
The Search for WondLa By DiTerlizzi, Tony Book - 2010 J DITERLIZZI Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 49 copies

Annotation:Living in isolation with a robot on a world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl sets out on a journey to find others like her.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda By Angleberger, Tom Book - 2010 J ANGLEBERGER Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 115 copies

Annotation:Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their strange interactions with a paper finger puppet worn by their odd classmate Dwight, but can the paper Yoda really predict the future?

The Total Tragedy of A Girl Named Hamlet
The Total Tragedy of A Girl Named Hamlet By Dionne, Erin, 1975- Book - 2010 J DIONNE Available in some locations

Annotation:Hamlet's attempts to be a "normal" eighth grader become increasingly difficult when her genius seven-year-old sister and her eccentric Shakespeare scholar parents both begin to attend her school.

The True Meaning of Smekday
The True Meaning of Smekday By Rex, Adam Book - 2009 J REX All copies in use Availability details Holds: 14 on 20 copies

Annotation:After her mother is abducted by aliens, 11 year-old Tip goes on an adventurous road trip with a friendly alien mechanic who helps her save the world—with the assistance of some cats.

Tunnels By Gordon, Roderick Book - 2008 J GORDON Available in some locations

Annotation:When Will and his friend Chester embark on a quest to find Will's archaeologist father, who has disappeared, they are led to an underground world full of sinister inhabitants with evil intentions toward "Topsoilers" like Will.

Twelve By Myracle, Lauren, 1969- Book - 2007 J MYRACLE Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 23 copies

Annotation:Facing her twelfth birthday, Winnie has an entirely new set of dramas to deal with, such as fitting in at her junior high and enduring the embarrassment of bra shopping with her mother at the local mall.

Uglies By Westerfeld, Scott Book - 2005 Y WESTERFELD Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 0 copies

Annotation:In Tally's world, one's 16th birthday brings an operation that transforms them from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty, but Tally's friend doesn't want this future.

The Unsinkable Walker Bean
The Unsinkable Walker Bean By Renier, Aaron Book - 2010 J RENIER Available in some locations

Annotation:In order to save his ailing grandfather from a curse, boy inventor Walker Bean must return an accursed pearl skull to the witches who created it, and faces pirates, magical machines, and deadly peril along the way.

Wildwood By Meloy, Colin Book - 2011 J MELOY Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 45 copies

Annotation:When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness-- and soon finds herself in a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon.


Books for preteen readers, grades 5 through 7.

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